CAS Student Central Webinar – Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career – Recording Now Available!

The CAS hosted its spring webinar for Student Central members on Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career. The webinar provides information on how to leverage the data all around us in new ways. It was developed to provide an update on how to get started in predictive analytics using various steps, tools and resources.

The webinar recording is now available for viewing in the CAS Student Central Online Community.

Webinar Presenters

Meghan Goldfarb, FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, CSPA, Research Manager at State Farm
Chris Gross, ACAS, MAAA, Founder of Gross Consulting


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Register for CAS Student Central Webinar: Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career

Registration Now Open!
CAS Student Central Webinar: Predictive Analytics and Your Actuarial Career

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
3:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

The CAS will host a webinar for Student Central members to provide an understanding of Predictive Analytics. Data is all around us, and with predictive analytics, we can leverage this data in new ways. Learn more about how to get started in predictive analytics, including:

  • Introduction to predictive analytics and data science and how actuaries use it in the real world
  • Steps you can take now to prepare for a career in predictive analytics
  • Tools and resources are available to you through Student Central and the CAS, including a demo of the Cognalysis MultiRate™ predictive modeling software which all CAS Student Central members now have complimentary exclusive access to thanks to Gross Consulting.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Online Registration

Registration is free and open to CAS Student Central members. You will be able to attend the webinar from anywhere that you have internet access via computer, telephone, tablet, or other streaming device.

Webinar Presenters

Megan Goldfarb, FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, CSPA, Research Manager at State Farm

Meghan Goldfarb is a Research Manager at State Farm, where she has served in a number of roles over the past 10 years, with an increasing focus in predictive analytics and big data technologies. She loves to learn new things – and has earned a variety of designations and degrees. She is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), a Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA), in addition to earning her MBA and MS in Business Analytics from Indiana University. She and her husband Jason, who is a statistician, have two amazing children – Ari (age 6) and Emma Kate (age 1) – who are destined to love math as much as their parents.

Chris Gross, ACAS, MAAA, Founder of Gross Consulting

Chris Gross has twenty-five years of experience in the insurance industry. Chris started Gross Consulting in 2005. He has served a wide variety of clients across the United States from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, including insurance companies, banks, manufacturers, and governmental entities. He has provided clients with cutting-edge analytical services as well as unique software solutions. Before starting Gross Consulting, Chris was VP & CFO of the Financial & Professional Services business group at Travelers. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in Economics, both from the University of Minnesota. He also is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.


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Future Fellows – March 2018

The latest issue of Future Fellows – March 2018 is now available.

  • Opinion: Cheaters Gonna Cheat
  • CAS Revises Examination Discipline Policy
  • Introducing PSI, Provider of CAS Remote Proctors
  • Filling in the Blanks for Exam 5 TBE
  • Technology-Based Examination Computer Requirements
  • CAS Continues to Expand Use of Integrative Questions on Spring 2018 Exams

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CAS Participates in The Pipeline, the Insurance Industry’s First Virtual Career Fair, Presented by Gamma Iota Sigma

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The Casualty Actuarial Society participated in The Pipeline Virtual Career Fair on February 13, 2018, joining insurance industry employers and organizations in connecting with students pursuing careers in  insurance. The event was organized by Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), the insurance industry’s premier collegiate talent pipeline, in conjunction with Insurance Careers Month. The Pipeline Virtual Career Fair was offered to students at no cost, and was attended by 700 students from both GIS chapter schools as well as nearly 50 additional schools. Nearly 1,400 interviews were completed in the five hours the event was running.

GIS Chief Executive Officer Noelle Codispoti noted, “Our firsthand experiences with our industry partners help to shape the programming we provide, and that’s no different when it comes to the industry’s need to meet the talent gap head-on. We see the need, we hear the industry demand, and we are helping to hone the talent solution through our ever-expanding network of students and chapters. All of these factors converged for us to make a meaningful contribution to Insurance Careers Month by doing what we do best: connecting top collegiate talent to opportunities in the industry through thoughtful and strategic collaboration.”

CAS University Engagement Manager Tamar Gertner said of CAS’s participation, “We want to thank GIS for organizing this innovative event, and spearheading a new way to connect with university students. As a Sustaining Partner of Gamma Iota Sigma, we appreciated the opportunity to participate in this event. The virtual career fair platform offered the CAS a chance to communicate with a number of students from a variety of universities, answering questions about the actuarial career path and the credentialing process, and sharing details about the resources and benefits offered through CAS Student Central, our free student membership program.”

The next Gamma Iota Sigma career fair will be held in conjunction with their Annual International Conference, scheduled for October 4-6, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

 

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The Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) is a leading international organization for credentialing and professional education. Founded in 1914, the CAS is the world’s only actuarial organization focused exclusively on property and casualty risks and serves over 8,000 members worldwide. Professionals educated by the CAS empower business and government to make well-informed strategic, financial and operational decisions.

 

About Gamma Iota Sigma

Incorporated in 1965 and boasting an annual membership of over 4,000 students at 76 colleges and universities throughout North America, Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) is the industry’s premier collegiate talent pipeline and has over 50 years of history of engaging students and preparing them for careers in insurance. GIS is the only organization of its kind and is the solution to the industry’s talent gap issue, pursuing a mission to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in insurance. GIS is committed to growing the number of highly qualified students entering the industry; to that end, the number of GIS students and active chapters has more than doubled in recent years and continues to grow. In partnership with Sustaining Partners, corporate supporters,

professional organizations, and trade associations, the full spectrum of GIS programming provides its members with meaningful interaction with the industry, as well as the tools to pursue and succeed in an insurance career. For more information, visit: GammaIotaSigma.org.


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New Benefit for Members of CAS Student Central: Access to Predictive Modeling Software!

We are excited to announce that through a partnership with Gross Consulting, members of CAS Student Central are being granted exclusive access to predictive modeling software called Cognalysis MultiRate™. This software is described by Gross Consulting as “a powerful predictive modeling tool for actuaries, analysts, and others whose jobs depend on understanding predictive relationships in their data.”

This new complimentary resource is geared towards actuarial students interested in gaining practical hands-on experience by building their own predictive models! Why is this beneficial? “Predictive modeling is critically important to the insurance industry, and its use in the industry continues to expand across lines of business and across insurance company operations,” states Chris Gross, CEO of Gross Consulting. While becoming familiar working with predictive models, students will develop valuable skills that can be added to their resumes and incorporated into talking points during job interviews!

So how can students get started? CAS Student Central members can access the software via the Career Resources tab. There they will find the software available for download, along with a dataset pulled from the website Kaggle.com, and three videos that orient them on getting started with MultiRate, and interpreting MultiRate results. Not a CAS Student Central member yet? Join today to gain access to this valuable resource.


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A.M. Best & Insurance Careers Movement Host Industry Leader Town Hall

To kick off Insurance Careers Month, A.M. Best and the Insurance Careers Movement hosted an Industry Leader Town Hall on February 1, 2018.

The town hall covered a series of interviews done by industry leaders from various companies and organizations within the insurance sector. Among those represented were two CAS members, Brian Duperreault, President and CEO at American International Group and Matthew Mosher, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at A.M. Best.

Tune in below to listen to the advice they shared on careers within the insurance industry and more on the Insurance Careers Movement!

Career Advice and the Insurance Careers Movement: Brian Duperreault:

“Working in insurance requires a mix of analytic, technical and social skills, making it a surprisingly interesting and engaging career choice.”

 

Career Advice: Matt Mosher

“Look for a company that’s going to support you…build your foundation early.”

 

To become more familiar with Insurance Careers Month, see our announcement.

To watch the entire town hall, please refer to the webinar link.


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2018 CAS Student Programs – Network with Actuaries and Learn About the P&C Industry

The CAS hosts a one-day student program at each of its five large annual conferences throughout the year,  and members of Student Central are invited to participate at no cost!

Registration is open for upcoming 2018 spring events in Chicago, Boston, and New York.

Attendees will have an opportunity to:

  • Network with practicing actuaries
  • Learn more about the property and casualty industry
  • Attend conference sessions on the latest industry hot topics
  • Participate in student-specific sessions offering career guidance

Attendees can expect to gain an enhanced knowledge of the CAS and the property and casualty actuarial profession, and an expanded list of contacts.

Please contact CAS University Engagement Manager, Tamar Gertner at Tgertner@casact.org if you are interested in attending an upcoming program. Each program offers a limited number of spaces. 

Details for upcoming programs are outlined below.

Spring Meeting Student Program 
May 15, 2018
Boston, MA

Reinsurance Seminar Student Program 
June 4, 2018
New York, NY


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